Befriended by art, Hugo Borst and Ali Keles, attended NPO Radio 1 program “WNL In de Kantine” hosted by Fidan Ekiz and Wieger Hemmer
Befriended by art, Hugo Borst and Ali Keles, attended on November 19th 2022 NPO Radio 1 program “WNL In de Kantine” hosted by Fidan Ekiz and Wieger Hemmer. Ali Keles was asked for this radio program to talk about his love for art, connection with Hugo Borst, entrepreneurial spirit and Rotterdam.
“With “WNL In de Kantine” you slide into Saturday night, live every week from De Doelen in Rotterdam. Hostess Fidan Ekiz and host Wieger Hemmer welcome a variety of well-known and fascinating guests every Saturday to take them through the week. For political debates at the cutting edge, but also for sports, culture and humor, tune in to NPO Radio 1 on Saturday.
Radio to watch
Or come and visit in De Doelen. With a beer and a “bitterbal”, radio to watch! Entrance is free, the atmosphere is good, the doors (and the bar) open at 4 pm.
In the Kantine is a program produced by WNL. Every Saturday from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM LIVE from De Doelen in Rotterdam with Wieger Hemmer and Fidan Ekiz.
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Lakeside Collection together with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen participated in a study on “Collaboration between private collectors and (semi)public cultural heritage institutions”, at the request of the Ministry of Culture in Flanders, carried out by the University of Antwerp
Lakeside Collection together with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen participated in a study on “Collaboration between private collectors and (semi)public cultural heritage institutions”, at the request of the Ministry of Culture in Flanders, carried out by Laura D’Hoore and Professor dr. Annick Schramme on behalf of the University of Antwerp.
“Flanders is known for its many private collectors and their impressive, diverse and unique art collections. Collecting and displaying the collection is a phenomenon that passes through time has undergone various evolutions. The private collector has been since its inception of the public museums at the beginning of the nineteenth century often a valuable one partner for those public institutions. Parallel that has to do with social evolutions partnership throughout history various forms adopted. From supportive as lender or donor as a driving force behind the establishment of a museum. Today, private collectors are taking worldwide increasingly the initiative to their own opening presentation spaces. Therefore they take in the public tone circuit a important position. Also in Belgium the number of private collectors who own a presentation space. The boundaries between public and private to fade. At the same time, rising prices, that sometimes reach astronomical heights, today's art market. Rice on the one hand the question of what impact that will have in the future will have on the public supply of cultural heritage organizations. On the other hand is there is a growing interest in more cooperation between such public and private actors.
The Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is an innovative example of a public-private partnership collaboration. Depot space is leased to private art collectors and corporate collections through a long-term agreement (which legally differs from a loan agreement). 15 percent of the floor space intended for art has been reserved for this purpose. The tenants of the sub-funds can thus open their depots to the audience. Tenants within the depot receive the same service and professionalism upon request offered as the museum collection.
The corporate art collection of Lakeside Capital Partners, also known as the Lakeside Collection, has acquired its own place in the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Ali Keles, Founding Managing Partner Partner of Lakeside Capital Partners and founder of the collection, signed together in 2021 with Boijmans director Sjarel Ex a long-term agreement for the accommodation of the Lakeside Collection. It now has its own compartment in the depot, containing an exhibition space, artist-in-residence program, storage space and boardroom, which together covers a total of 173 m². Again is a mutual trust between the museum and the collector one of the important driving factors in entering into such a partnership. In addition, the freedom that the collector experiences in the collection presentation is also considered a critical success factor.”
Lakeside Capital Partners celebrated its 10th year anniversary end of August 2022
Lakeside Capital Partners celebrated its 10th year anniversary end of August 2022. In 2012 the firm was established as TransMatch Capital Partners by Floor Mouthaan and Ali Keles as a boutique financial services and investment group. At the end of 2019 the buy-out and continuation under the new flag and corporate identity Lakeside Capital Partners occurred. As Founding Managing Partner, Ali Keles, together with a team of (Advisory) Partners, (Advisory) Board Members, and supporting staff, leads the group with nearly 30 entities under investment in 6 different sectors. Alongside Lakeside Capital Partners’ corporate finance advisory continues to expand to various mainly family owned companies.
Lakeside Capital Partners is a Netherlands based, boutique financial services and investment group focusing on real estate advisory and corporate finance including M&A, restructuring, and asset management. Alongside its advisory services, the group acts as an equity partner through its investment company. The services of the firm include fund structuring where Lakeside Capital Partners acts as fund manager and also provides junior funding and arranges external senior debt. The client base consists of family offices, private investors, financial institutions, and asset managers in the real estate and private equity sectors.
Jiyan Düyü (graduate of Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam) has been awarded the second Lakeside Collection Award. The selection was amongst 23 talented artists selected for the Best of Graduates 2022 by the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation
Jiyan Düyü (Gerrit Rietveld Academy graduate) has been awarded the Lakeside Collection Award 2022. The selection was amongst 23 talented artists selected for the Best of Graduates 2022 by the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation.
Motivation by the jury (Hester Alberdingk Thijm, Tomáš Libertíny, Annemarie van der Hoeven and Ali Keles) of Lakeside Collection Award 2022:
“The jury was impressed by her film “Birds Fly Back” and her entire presentation. The chosen setting, the wide barren mountain landscape in Eastern Turkey in which a group of children play, is like composition more than an ideal background, it even evokes references to seventeenth century landscape paintings.
The group of children is sometimes carefully directed, then they stand on the shoulder laughing naughtily shoulder to shoulder and then again the videographer releases them completely and they happily tumble over each other to.
As one judge noted: Warhol's idea of directing: let it happen! This changing composition, the chaos and order, tranquility and dynamics, gives the viewer a different perspective. Especially because in the installation, you have two spherical screens between which you stand, literally part of that world. You play along, as it were, and you inevitably go back to your own childhood. It is about connection and hope, an important universal humane theme, in which everyone can identify.
After long deliberation, the jury has unanimously chosen the winner Jiyan Düyü, who might not easily was expected to be working in a depot, but that is precisely why the jury would like to enter into this experiment and the director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has promised to support and make this possible wholeheartedly.
She will take the world through her lens; the jury finds her courage, her artistic quality and the fact that she makes her autobiographical story universal in this way is admirable and very powerful!
The other nominees of whom works have been acquired for the Lakeside Collection are: Ellis Holman, Pedro Kastelijns and Menno Pasveer.”
Jiyan Düyü (1995), ‘Birds fly back’ 2022 art work, video installation, became a part of the Lakeside Collection after winning the Lakeside Collection Award 2022
“Through my films and installations I approach my subjects with a cinematographic attitude. Suggesting realism by working with documentary aspects, characters seek to evoke recognition from the viewer. Using the perspective of a child, I look for tensions in the emotions we express as adults. The landscape seems to expose the characters to the load of their reality.
In the graduation work Birds fly back, the children of Hani and their mountains are the core. The children run and play through the Kurdish landscape. The starting point for this project was the loaded character of the mountains against the frivolous nature of children. An idea that arose from writing my thesis. The thesis questioned the role and influence of the mountains on Kurdish cinema. An extremely heavy image of the mountains was created by the analyzed films.
In the search of releasing the landscape of the loaded connotations, children seemed for me the most effective. They seem to share the lead role together, explain each other and can be seen as complementary and in harmony.”
Lakeside Capital Partners became a member of the Business Club of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Lakeside Capital Partners became a member of the Business Club of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Why chose to make a business commitment?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is a museum of free thinkers with a strong humanist culture. The collection, which is partly made up of works of art donated by more than 1,700 collectors from Rotterdam, says a lot about the history of the museum and its future. Lakeside Capital Partners' desire to be part of this has led to the housing of part of the Lakeside Collection in its own compartment in the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Favorite artwork in the museum collection?
Maurizio Cattelan , 'Untitled (Manhole)' 2001, baptized by the artist as Mr. Boijmans. Cattelan, (self-taught) artist, knows how to excite the viewer with his provocative, sarcastic but above all humorous works of art. The work 'Manhole' shows a hilarious self-portrait of the artist as a burglar, who has found his way upwards balancing by climbing on an accumulation of file cabinet, wooden pallet, moving boxes and a chair.
Interview with Ali Keles in Elsevier
Parts of the interview:
The Rotterdam based entrepreneur Ali Keles (38) brought a part of his art collection to the accommodation of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. He questions himself continuously. “What does the human Ali wishes?”
When I ever close my eyes, I would wish to feel that I have done something sensible.
Keles speaks calmly. He often thinks long.
The last thing I wanted was that the compartment would become an elite place. That is not who I am and what I represent. I wanted to justify myself, I was looking for legitimation. I also wanted to bring the space to life. Not just hanging up works and occasionally rotate. The legitimations is for that a young artist can work there.
The Lakeside Collection has more than eighty works by about fifty artists.
I really have a affective relationship with art. I fall in love and want have it close to me. It start with that. I often look at them. Sometimes I get moved and sometimes I have to laugh.
His investment firm is named Lakeside Capital Partners. Ask Keles what he is and he says: an enabler – or: someone who makes things possible.
I am a kind of architect, a puzzler. I bring ideas, people and resources together, and provide for a structure. We have no exit strategy. I am in it for the long term, to build companies, together with management.
The new depot in Rotterdam is packed with works of art stored by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and large companies such as KPN and Rabobank. Plus: the collection of Ali Keles (38), an 'ordinary' Rotterdam entrepreneur and art collector. With a beautiful life story.
“This is the best view from the depot. You can see the museum with the historic tower, but also the Erasmus Bridge.” Ali Keles still intensely enjoys his place on the fourth floor of the collection building.
Not only does the founder-owner of Lakeside Capital Partners safely store his more than 80 contemporary works of art in the collection building, he also displays them. Now, for example, by well-known names in the art world such as Iván Navarro, Hans Op de Beeck and Jacco Olivier. And then this enthusiast also provides a young artist, Marloes Roeper, with a workplace. She is allowed to work in 'his part' of the Depot as an artist in residence.
,,At the Erasmiaans Gymnasium, now pretty much next to the Depot, I got some of it. I remember seeing slides of ancient art and being allowed to guess when it was made. I enthusiastically participated; I was often right with my guesses.”
“You don't get it overnight. It's a development in yourself."
It was the father of his bosom friend Mark Mouthaan, met while studying law, who gave him an important insight. ,,His father Floor was chairman of the board of PAN (an art fair in Amsterdam, ed.) and it was 17, 18 years ago my first visit to an art fair ever. It gave a feeling of tension, of enthusiasm. I was really triggered and kept going to art fairs afterwards as well. It was there that I actually learned that art isn't just for museums. It was never really in my head before that you could collect it yourself."
And also in the Kunsthal, in his own city, Keles learned a lesson. In 2011, he visited the exhibition I promise to love you: all works of art that were owned by Joop van Caldenborgh, at the time director-owner of the Rotterdam-based chemical group Caldic.
Buying art Keles calls social responsibility. “The free expression of artists, people who record a certain period and reflect on it, is important. And that is why it is important to buy their work, because artists also have to make a living from something. I don't think it's enough to just find it beautiful and look at it."
It's not about possession. “For me, buying art is mainly about preserving it for the future. To preserve it."
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen was officially opened on November 5ᵗʰ 2021, by His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen was officially openend on November 5ᵗʰ 2021, by His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands. Lakeside Collection’s private compartment, including artist-in-residence, exhibition space, board room and storage, was for this occasion visited by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb, architect Winy Maas, directors of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Sjarel Ex and Ina Klaassen.
Marloes Roeper (winner Lakeside Collection Award 2021, first artist-in-residence beneficiary) and Ali Keles (Founder and Chairman Lakeside Collection) jointly welcomed the delegation.
For this occasion the television program EenVandaag broadcasted a news item on the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Video registration of the opening of the depot by King Willem-Alexander.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s Director Sjarel Ex and Founding Chairman of Lakeside Collection Ali Keles signed a long term lease agreement on October 7ᵗʰ 2021, by which Lakeside Collection commits to a private compartment in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s Director Sjarel Ex and Founding Chairman of Lakeside Collection Ali Keles signed a long term lease agreement on October 7ᵗʰ 2021, by which Lakeside Collection commits to a private compartment in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Lakeside Collection is proud and grateful to collaborate with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In 2021 the collection moved to its private compartment in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, including an exhibition space, artist-in-residence, a storage area, and board room, which are 173 m² spaces in total.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the first publicly accessible museum depot in the world, which houses the entire 151.000 artworks of the collection. On November 5th 2021 the Depot will be officially openend by his Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The continuation of the relationship originates from the desire to support the museum and further grow the Lakeside Collection in an inspiring and flourishing environment.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen has been chosen for the professionality and controlled environment, not only in terms of security but also for the excellent physical conditions under which the artworks will be kept with care by museum experts for restoration and maintenance.
Marloes Roeper (graduate of HKU, Utrecht) has been awarded the first Lakeside Collection Award. The selection was amongst 26 talented artists selected for the Best of Graduates 2021 by the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation
Marloes Roeper (HKU graduate) has been awarded the first Lakeside Collection Award. The selection was amongst 26 talented artists selected for the Best of Graduates 2021 by the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation.
Recently, the Lakeside Collection Award has been founded and for the first three years the collection is committed to presenting the award to one of the participants of the Best Graduates exhibition, organized annually by Galerie Ron Mandos and supported by the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation. We admire both the gallery and the foundation for supporting young artists unconditionally. The winner of our award will be given an artist in residence program, including financial support and guidance during this period. We hope to create a long term relationship with the artists.
Motivation by the jury (Erik Paol, Tomáš Libertíny and Ali Keles) of Lakeside Collection Award 2021:
“The jury has great admiration for all students who were hindered by COVID19 in their interaction with others during their last two years of study. But the results were astonishing. We saw a level in three candidates that touched us unanimously and therefor nominated for the Lakeside Collection Award. That was the case with the paintings by Tian Teng and Marloes Roeper and with the photos by Esmee van Zeeventer. After a long neck-and-neck race with Esmee van Zeeventer, the jury chose Marloes Roeper.
Marloes Roeper knows how to achieve maximum effects with minimal resources. Her quick brushstrokes and her color schemes show bravado and have a direct effect on the senses. It mysteriously stimulates the sense of space. Marloes can make the world seem simple in an instant and you hardly know how she succeeds. But the joy in painting is clearly visible and contagious.
We therefore believe that a graduate with the daring and open-mindedness of Marloes Roeper holds a promise for the future. By awarding the Lakeside Collection Award, the jury wants to challenge her to show more. We hope with the Award to support her further professionalization and to offer her a success factor that she deserves at this point in her career.
Concerning co-nominated Esmee van Zeeventer, the Lakeside Collection has decided to include one of her works in the collection.”
RM Sunday Session program about "The Future of the Arts"
In light of the Lakeside Collection Award ceremony, Founder and Chairman of the Lakeside Collection, Ali Keles participated as one of the guests in the RM Sunday Session program about "the Future of the Arts", speaking about working with young artists and how to support their future endeavours.
Q.: What is the role of the Lakeside Collection in working with young artists and supporting their future endeavors? Can you also tell me more about your new residence program?
A.: Actually it is not only a matter of age, supporting an artist can be in any stage of their life. Lakeside Collection embraces a humanistic perspective and wishes (young) artists to continue their personal and artistic development. Creating an environment where artists can express themselves in freedom is of great importance. Society has always been connected to art throughout its history. Art is the reflection of social awareness and conscience. It exposes the ideas, feelings, and concepts that we all live in. Overthinking existential questions and pursuing to find answers where art is a source of inspiration. A purpose of the collection is to open a door for society in order to promote self-growth and enlightenment.
Q.: What is the most important lesson you, as a collector, want to pass on to young artists? How can you prepare them for the future?
A.: It is important to have a strong believe in yourself and what you do. History teaches us that not all artists and their artworks were acknowledged during their lives, although we would wish differently. Therefore, don’t give up on your dreams, also when your artworks are not directly understood and get immediate positive reactions. Embrace negative criticism, be open for development. Follow your heart and don’t underestimate the importance of a strong work ethic. Focus on quality rather than on volume. Gather and foster a group of ambassadors and supporters, including advisors. Take your time, be patient, there is no rush neither competition with others. We all walk our own special path.